We’re through just two games of the Western Conference finals, and it’s already looking like this series could be over rather quickly.
The Los Angeles Kings, just as they have done all postseason, have taken complete control of their matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes and are looking very much like a team that could end up hoisting the Stanley Cup within the next couple of weeks.
There is so much talent all over the ice for this Kings squad, you can see why the Coyotes are having a bit of a tough time with them. Anze Kopitar has had a great playoffs, with another pair of assists on Tuesday, Jeff Carter’s hat trick led the way in Game 2, and Dustin Brown might just be the best player of the postseason, doing the work both on the stat sheet and in the physical game.
Oh yeah, their goaltender is pretty good as well. Jonathan Quick has been simply stellar this postseason and the Coyotes are going to have an even tougher time solving him as this series goes on. This is a team that reminds a lot of people of the 2007 Anaheim Ducks, with their combination of size and speed that teams are having a tough time of matching up against.
They’ve also proven to be warriors of the road, having not lost a single game away from the Staples Center this postseason.
Bottom line: this is a team that was expected to be here at the beginning of the season after some big offseason moves, and although it took them a while to find their game, they found it at the perfect time.